Blyth's Tragopan

(Tragopan blythii)


Blyth's Tragopan IUCN VULNERABLE (VU)


Facts about this animal

Male: The breast and the under parts are reddish to greyish, and not spotted; the upper parts is bright crimson and brown, tinged with red and marked with numerous white and maroon spots. The tail is yellowish brown with black markings, the terminal part is black. The wings are yellowish brown coloured, with black bars; the tips of the secondaries and the greater coverts have brown patches and white spots. The facial skin is yellowish to orange. Its total length is about 65-70 cm.


Female: The general plumage is olive, with coarse markings; black ocelli are dominant on the back. The dorsal plumage is not streaked with white. It has a yellowish orbital skin.

Did you know?
that all Blyth's tragopans in human care a re closely related? If no new founders can be obtained from India the ex situ population is likely to die out due to lack of genetic diversity.


Class AVES
Name (Scientific) Tragopan blythii
Name (English) Blyth's Tragopan
Name (French) Tragopan de Blyth
Name (German) Blyth-Tragopan
Name (Spanish) Tragopan de Blyth
Local names Hurra-hurrea (Assamese)
CITES Status Appendix I
CMS Status Not listed



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Range Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar
Habitat Subtropical and temperate evergreen forests
Wild population Approx. 2,500-10,000 individuals (Red List IUCN 2011)
Zoo population 39 tragopans were registered by the International studbook (WAZA - ISB, 2004).

In the Zoo

Blyth's Tragopan


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 16 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Why do zoos keep this animal

There are less than 10'000 Blyth's tragopans surviving in the wild and the species is rated vulnerable by IUCN. With a view of building up a reserve population, an International Studbook has been established under the WAZA umbrella, and coordinated conservation breeding programmes are operated at the regional level in Europe. The number of birds listed in the studbook is small however (about 40).